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Role overview

As a teacher trainer with a specialization in teaching methodology, you will deliver training to the Teacher Educators who train Myanmar’s student teachers.

This is the second part of a British Council and DFID co-funded project, managed by British Council and supported by VSO, which consists of training the trainers at Myanmar’s Education Colleges and Education Universities, to strengthen both their English language and teaching skills. 2 international teacher training experts are placed in each Education College, and 3 in each University of Education. VSO is contributing half of the experts to the project and working closely with the British Council on project management and methodology.

Volunteers will be expected to model best practice participatory teaching practices to teacher trainers, for many of whom this will be a new approach.
This is therefore a unique opportunity to influence teaching practice in Myanmar and to have a profound impact upon the way in which teachers
– and therefore children – are taught.

EfECT has four core components :

  1. 1. improving English language competence for all Burma’s state teacher trainers and tertiary educators
  2. 2. improving teaching methodology competence for teachers and teacher trainers
  3. 3. improving access to, and an understanding of how to use international teaching materials/resources
  4. 4. improving teacher training methodology competence

In Year 2 of the project, which commenced in September 2015, the main focus is on improving teaching methodology but improvement of English language proficiency will remain an important component. The project team is led by the British Council and consists of a Project Director, a team of 6 senior trainers/cluster managers, VSO programme management support, 44 trainers and 8 administrators. The project team is based in Yangon and Cluster Managers are based in Mandalay and Yangon, supporting and managing trainers in locations across Myanmar.

This is a flagship project for both British Council and VSO – these volunteers are VSO’s very first within the state education sector in Myanmar, and the first internationals to be working residing and working within the country’s Education Colleges for decades. Volunteers will therefore need to be exemplars of VSO’s volunteering/coaching model.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

Essential :

  • You will have appropriate teaching and education qualifications ;
  • Extensive relevant state school or equivalent teaching,
  • Teacher training experience or teacher mentoring experience plus additional teaching experience (min 10 years in total) ;
  • You will need to be a self-starter with the flexibility and adaptability to work in a challenging and remote environment.
  • Most importantly, we are looking for passionate teachers who are passionate about sharing knowledge and skills related to teaching
  • High proficiency in English language : ie. full mastery of English including all 4 skills, equivalent to CEFR 2 IELFT Band 8 or 9 speaker.

This project, and working with the Ministry of Education, is new. The MoE is going through an unprecedented period of change which are exciting but challenging in the extreme.

The post holder will need to be comfortable with ambiguity and will require a high degree of flexibility whilst still fulfilling the demands from donors.

VSO volunteers will be doing the same work as the Britiish Council trainers and yet will be on a completely different remuneration package commensurate with
their respective employee/volunteer status. The volunteer will have to be comfortable with this situation.

We are looking to recruit a number of volunteers for EfECT Trainer positions to be based in various locations in Myanmar. We are currently seeking volunteers who can start effective from January 2016 or sooner & who can commit fully until the project ends on August 31st 2016. Please read the job description carefully before applying for this volunteer placement.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description to read more details about the position and the skills and experience we’re looking for. To submit your application, click on ‘Apply now’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

Application closing date

31 Mar 2016

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